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EU-UK Draft Withdrawal Agreement Wins UK Cabinet Support, But Brexit Struggle Far from Over

16 Nov 2018

The UK Environment Secretary Michael Gove, a well-known supporter of Brexit, is believed to be the only senior ‘leave’ supporting minister to have backed the draft deal. Eleven out of Mrs. May’s 29 ca...Read More


EU’s General Court Rules Against Current Energy Labelling of Vacuum Cleaners

15 Nov 2018

It is reported that on 8 November 2018, the EU’s General Court, located in Luxembourg, repealed the EU’s Energy Labelling Regulation for vacuum cleaners. This follows a heated and long-standing disput...Read More


Fashion Industry Works Towards “Closing the Loop” in a Circular Economy

13 Nov 2018

In addition to setting out new requirements, the Package also offers benefits to businesses. Business benefits include cost savings from reused materials as well as new business models generated by pr...Read More


Official Journal Summary

13 Nov 2018

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/1690 of 9 November 2018 imposing definitive countervailing duties on imports of certain pneumatic tyres, new or retreaded, of rubber, of a kind used for bu...Read More


Anti-dumping Actions

13 Nov 2018

Pneumatic tyres, new or retreaded, of rubber, of a kind used for buses or lorries, with a load index exceeding 121, currently falling within CN codes 4011 20 90 and ex 4012 12 00 (TARIC code 401212001...Read More


Trilogue Meetings Begin, to Negotiate Final Text of Proposed Directive on Single Use Plastics

12 Nov 2018

The proposed Directive concerns products which are wholly or partly made from plastic, where these are neither designed nor conceived to accomplish multiple rotations – in the sense of being returned ...Read More


European Union: Market Profile

8 Nov 2018

Mirroring the weaker-than-expected activity in the first half of the year, the eurozone and EU economies are set to continue expanding this year and in 2019, albeit at a slower pace than in 2017 when ...Read More


Award of the EU Ecolabel for Bed Mattresses and Rinse-off Cosmetics Extended for Renewed Period

6 Nov 2018

The validity of the ecological criteria for the award of the EU Ecolabel to bed mattresses and rinse-off cosmetics has been renewed until 28 July 2022 and 31 December 2021, respectively. Hong Kong exp...Read More


Official Journal Summary

6 Nov 2018

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/1602 of 11 October 2018 amending Annex I to Council Regulation (EEC) No 2658/87 on the tariff and statistical nomenclature and on the Common Customs Tariff...Read More


Parliamentary Committee to Vote Next Month on EU Regulatory Proposal Targeting Platforms and Online Search Engines

5 Nov 2018

The proposed P2B Regulation comes amidst increased scrutiny of the activities of platforms and online search engines in the EU. In particular, the use by platforms of data that is generated by transac...Read More


Toxic Toys on the Market as a Result of European Legislative Inconsistencies

31 Oct 2018

The study has unveiled and called for an end to inconsistencies and mismatches in legislation on chemicals, products, and waste in the European Union and, even further afield, in Central and Eastern E...Read More


EU’s Highest Court Clarifies Concepts of Banned Unfair Business-to-Consumer Commercial Practices Applicable in All Member States

30 Oct 2018

The CJEU delivered its judgment in response to a request for a preliminary ruling from the Italian Council of State in proceedings between two Italian mobile telephone operators, Vodafone Italia SpA a...Read More


European Parliament Votes on Proposed “Single Use Plastics” Directive

29 Oct 2018

Hong Kong traders of disposable items such as single-use plastic cutlery, food containers, cups and balloons that are destined for the EU market will recall that on 28 May 2018, the European Commissio...Read More


Registration of E-bikes from Mainland China Continues, Despite EU Producers’ Withdrawal Request

24 Oct 2018

As previously reported in "EU Producers of E-bikes withdraw Registration Requests in Dumping and Subsidy Case Against Mainland China", and as a surprising development in the EU anti-dumping and anti-s...Read More


Enhanced Restriction of BPA in Toys to Enter into Effect

23 Oct 2018

By means of Directive 2017/898, the European Commission cut the permissible level of Bisphenol A in toys by more than half. The migration limit, which is based upon the rate at which the substance lea...Read More


Anti-dumping Actions

23 Oct 2018

On 22 October 2018, the Official Journal published Commission Implementing Regulation 2018/1579 imposing a definitive anti-dumping duty on imports of the product concerned. On 4 May 2018, the European...Read More


Official Journal Summary

23 Oct 2018

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/1579 of 18 October 2018 imposing a definitive anti-dumping duty and collecting definitively the provisional duty imposed on imports of certain pneumatic ty...Read More


EU Producers of E-bikes withdraw Registration Requests in Dumping and Subsidy Case Against Mainland China

19 Oct 2018

A new development has occurred in the EU anti-dumping and anti-subsidy investigations with regard to imports of e-bikes from mainland China. On 12 October 2018, it was reported that the EBMA has withd...Read More


U.S. to Pursue Trade Agreements with EU, UK and Japan

18 Oct 2018

The Trump administration notified Congress on 16 October of its intent to negotiate separate trade agreements with the EU, the UK and Japan. USTR will next consult with Congress and gather public inpu...Read More


European Commission Imposes Restrictions on Hazardous Chemicals in Clothing, Textiles and Footwear

18 Oct 2018

On 12 October 2018, the EU’s Official Journal published Commission Regulation 2018/1513 imposing new restrictions on the use of 33 substances known to cause cancer and reproductive health problems (so...Read More

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